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Following the fractured right hand suffered by A.J. Price in Saturday's home loss to Golden State, the Wizards worked out potential point guard replacements, CSNwashington has confirmed.
Ben Uzoh and Blake Ahearn visited with the team on Sunday, according to a league source. Price is expected to see a specialist on Monday though the Wizards' assists leader projected he could miss 4-6 weeks. Without Price, the Wizards have only one true point guard on the team in Shaun Livingston. Without Price the Wizards are currently without of the four point guards on their preseason roster. John Wall's exact timetable from a knee stress injury remains uncertain. The team is still paying Shelvin Mack and Jannero Pargo after releasing the pair before the season and mid-November respectively.
Uzoh, currently playing for Springfield in the NBA's Developmental league, played parts of the past two seasons with New Jersey, Cleveland and Toronto, averaging 4.0 points and 2.2 assists. The 6-foot-3, 24-year-old played collegiality at Tulsa and was released by Denver before the start of the season.
The 28-year-old Ahearn played four games with Utah in 2011-12 and was with Indiana during training camp. Prior to his stint with the Jazz, the 6-foot-2 guard previously parts of two NBA seasons from 2007-09.
Should Washington make a move, reserve center Earl Barron days in Washington could be numbered. The 7-footer has received little playing time during the season, playing only one minute over the last three games despite injuries to forwards Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker. Without that pair plus Wall and Price, the Wizards currently have only 11 healthy players.
Analysis: As I mentioned here and here following Price's injury Saturday night, it seems that the roster requires another point guard. Granted, Jordan Crawford matched his season-high with eight assists against the Warriors and has been much improved with his distribution skills. However, the third-year guard is a scorer by nature and the offensively-challenged Wizards need that side of his game. As it stands, Crawford or Livingston would have to be on the court at all times with rookie Bradley Beal the only other true guard on the roster.
Not that Uzoh, Ahearn or any available point guard would be the needed elixir for the 2-15 Wizards, but their presence positionally would help keep the other players in their natural spots. Even without Barron, Washington still has interior size with Nene, Kevin Seraphin and Emeka Okafor plus the recently benched Jan Vesely.